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Categories  •  Stack's October 2006 New York The George Byers Collection of U. S. Half Dollars, 1795-1964 United States Half Dollars United States Barber Half Dollars
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Lot # Description GradeView our Explanation of Comparative Grading Hammer Price
1308 1892 Very Choice Brilliant Proof VERY CH BR PF $2,750.00
1892 Very Choice Brilliant Proof. Liquid-mirror fields contrast nicely against chisel-sharp, frosted...
Liquid-mirror fields contrast nicely against chisel-sharp, frosted legends and design elements. Waves of pastel-blue, lavender, and emerald-golden peripheral iridescence wonderfully enliven the surfaces on either side. There is a light obverse line or two at Liberty's jaw, otherwise we would not hesitate to call this lovely coin a full Gem. Of the 1245 proofs coined of this date, only...  more
1309 1892 Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $450.00
1892 Choice Brilliant Uncirculated or essentially so. Liberty's cheek reveals trivial disturbance,...
- or essentially so. Liberty's cheek reveals trivial disturbance, and there is a light reverse rim mark at 4:00. The strike, lustre and overall surface quality, however, are significantly finer than typically encountered. Wisps of golden iridescence at the peripheral devices nicely enhance the presentation of this example.
1310 1892'O' Brilliant Proof BR PF $2,750.00
1892'O' Brilliant Proof with claims to the Choice category. The reverse is easily Choice or better....
- with claims to the Choice category. The reverse is easily Choice or better. The obverse reveals some evidence of very well executed enhancement. Deep cameo design elements are set against incredibly well mirrored fields. A hint of delicate golden toning accents either side. The strike, furthermore is inordinately sharp at every location in comparison to circulation strikes of this issue. Although...  more
1311 1892'O' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $1,800.00
1892'O' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated and approaching a Gem classification. Premium quality fields...
- and approaching a Gem classification. Premium quality fields and devices are rippling with rich icy mint frost. Well struck, though not quite as sharp as the Proof offered in the prior lot as there is a trivial degree of reverse softness at the eagle's head, and at the juncture of the shield and right wing. This scarce date enjoys one of the lowest circulation strike mintages (only 390,000...  more
1312 1892'O' Micro 'O' CH BU $42,500.00
1892'O' Micro 'O'. A very pleasing, entirely original Choice Brilliant Uncirculated example. Rich...
A very pleasing, entirely original Choice Brilliant Uncirculated example. Rich mint frost is wonderfully augmented by shades of lavender, gold, and subtle olive toning. The strike is quite sharp, and the reverse offers a trace of reflectivity in the fields. Very rare in any grade, and extremely rare at or above the condition offered here. In fact, there are in all likelihood no more than 8-10 examples...  more
1313 1892'O' Micro 'O'. Brilliant Uncirculated BU $23,000.00
1892'O' Micro 'O'. Brilliant Uncirculated and a Choice example but for some faint obverse slide marks....
- and a Choice example but for some faint obverse slide marks. Sharply struck and drenched in a full measure of frosty mint lustre. The surfaces are accented by overlying shades of intermingled lavender-rose and russet toning. As stated in the description of the immediately preceding lot, this variety is extremely rare in full Mint State. The presence of two such coins in a single auction...  more
1314 1892'S' Brilliant Uncirculated BU $550.00
1892'S' Brilliant Uncirculated in terms of wear, however there are hairlines that are evident from...
- in terms of wear, however there are hairlines that are evident from a past cleaning. These hairlines are most noticeable on the obverse, and are partially hidden by pale golden toning. Scarce in all grades, and particularly so with the degree of detail offered here.
1315 1893 BU $2,800.00
1893 From a technical standpoint, this dazzling coin would only grade Brilliant Uncirculated with...
From a technical standpoint, this dazzling coin would only grade Brilliant Uncirculated with claims to a Choice classification. The strike however, is entirely sharp and, more importantly, the fields exhibit an amazing degree of prooflike reflectivity. We are satisfied furthermore, that this coin is not a Proof, as the rims are clearly those of a circulation strike and the coin simply...  more
1316 1893'O' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $8,000.00
1893'O' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated and a simply wonderful specimen in every respect. Icy-white, glowing...
- and a simply wonderful specimen in every respect. Icy-white, glowing cartwheel fields and devices are exceptionally smooth for a coin of this date. The definition, furthermore, is wonderfully assertive on both the obverse and reverse, and is accented by the slightest trace of golden peripheral toning. Quite rare in this condition as only a pitifully small percentage of the Mint State...  more
1317 1893'S' Brilliant Uncirculated BU $1,500.00
1893'S' Brilliant Uncirculated or a trifle better. Here is a boldly struck, semi-reflective example...
- or a trifle better. Here is a boldly struck, semi-reflective example of this very elusive, low mintage date. Some light obverse slide marks are discernible at Liberty's cheek and neck, otherwise this noteworthy coin would certainly warrant a higher grade. The reverse, as a matter of fact, is easily Choice or finer.
1318 1894 VERY CH BR PF $2,200.00
1894 Hints of repunching are visible within the triangle of the 4 in the date, as seen on some proofs...
Hints of repunching are visible within the triangle of the 4 in the date, as seen on some proofs of this issue. Very Choice Brilliant Proof and far superior to the typical proof survivor. Frosted legends and devices float in delicate golden, watery-mirrored fields. The surfaces are free of any imperfections that require particular note, as a glass is necessary to distinguish any minor shortcomings....  more
1319 1894'O' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $16,000.00
1894'O' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated and a simply unbelievable specimen! Wholly mirrored fields and...
- and a simply unbelievable specimen! Wholly mirrored fields and incredibly deep cameo design features entirely distinguish this coin from the more pedestrian survivors of this date. The strike, furthermore, is exceptionally sharp for a Barber Half Dollar of any date, let alone an example of this oft poorly struck issue. In light of the remarkable characteristics of this jewel, we cannot help...  more
1320 1894'O' AU $300.00
1894'O' A strong About Uncirculated or better with respect to wear. The strike is quite sharp for...
A strong About Uncirculated or better with respect to wear. The strike is quite sharp for an example of this date, however there is evidence of a rather harsh cleaning on either side. Despite this detraction, this coin remains appealing to many collectors, as the ''look'' is far above the norm for any Half Dollar date of this type.
1321 1894'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $1,700.00
1894'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated and displaying hints of russet-mauve toning at the lower reverse....
- and displaying hints of russet-mauve toning at the lower reverse. The obverse is quite assertive and offers a considerable degree of prooflike lustre amid die striations. The reverse is very sharply struck, and enjoys rich velvet-like mint bloom. A noteworthy coin in light of both its highly distinctive obverse appearance, and general lack of availability within this grade range.
1322 1895 CH BR PF $600.00
1895 Repunching is evident at the upper serif of the '1' in the date (a characteristic encountered...
Repunching is evident at the upper serif of the '1' in the date (a characteristic encountered on a rather small minority of the known proofs). Choice Brilliant Proof. Sharp, frosted devices and mirrored fields are accented by a delicate blush of golden-tan toning.1 Hints of deeper russet are also noted at the extreme right reverse periphery. The proof mintage for this issue totals only 880...  more
1323 1895'O/O' VERY CH BU $12,000.00
1895'O/O' The mintmark exhibits clear signs of repunching both outside its lower loop, and inside...
The mintmark exhibits clear signs of repunching both outside its lower loop, and inside its upper loop. This unmistakable repunching is entirely unlisted in any major reference including those of Breen, Lawrence, and Flynn. Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated and enjoying remarkably deep mirrored fields that surround lavishly frosted, cameo design features. In fact, were it not for a modest...  more
1324 1895'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $5,000.00
1895'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. Chisel-sharp definition complements rich satin-silk mint bloom....
Chisel-sharp definition complements rich satin-silk mint bloom. A delicate hint of overlying lavender-gold completes this premium example. Rare at this lofty grade level as even Choice Mint State survivors of this date are quite elusive. NGC MS65.
1325 1895'S' Brilliant Uncirculated BU $1,200.00
1895'S' Brilliant Uncirculated. Delicate lavender-mauve hues augment underlying icy mint frost. Boldly...
Delicate lavender-mauve hues augment underlying icy mint frost. Boldly struck and free of any particularly detracting impairments.
1326 1896 Very Choice Brilliant Proof VERY CH BR PF $1,000.00
1896 Very Choice Brilliant Proof. Two-tone contrast features a wonderfully captivating liquid-mirror...
Two-tone contrast features a wonderfully captivating liquid-mirror glow in the fields on either side. The legends and devices are needle-sharp and equally as impressive. There is an overlying shade of delicate lavender-rose toning that aptly completes this highly appealing specimen. Only 762 Proofs were coined of this date.
1327 1896'O' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $4,500.00
1896'O' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. There are some ever so subtle facial slide marks on the obverse,...
There are some ever so subtle facial slide marks on the obverse, otherwise this handsome coin is certainly a virtual Gem. A balanced trace of lilac-lavender toning embellishes evenly struck, velvet-smooth fields and design elements. Quite rare in the condition offered here. In fact, there may very well be less than 50 survivors in all Mint State grades!
1328 1896'S' Brilliant Uncirculated BU $2,000.00
1896'S' Brilliant Uncirculated and easily a Very Choice or better example were it not for some subtle...
- and easily a Very Choice or better example were it not for some subtle hairlines on the obverse. This exceptionally smooth, pale lavender-golden specimen offers an absolutely outstanding ''arm's length'' presentation. Only very close obverse scrutiny indicates otherwise. Well struck, satiny, and quite rare nonetheless.
1329 1897 Choice Brilliant Proof CH BR PF $1,050.00
1897 Choice Brilliant Proof. Deep cameo contrast manifests the visual allure of a higher grade. There...
Deep cameo contrast manifests the visual allure of a higher grade. There are, however, a few too many light lines to justify a grading any higher than that assigned here. Dazzling fields are wistfully highlighted by the slightest trace of peripheral gold. This is the lowest mintage Barber Half Dollar proof issue (only 731 pieces were minted) prior to 1904.
1330 1897'O' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $8,000.00
1897'O' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated and an exceptional specimen in every respect. Velvet-silk fields...
- and an exceptional specimen in every respect. Velvet-silk fields and design features reveal only the most insignificant of trivial surface defects on either the obverse or the reverse. The strike is much sharper than normally encountered on Mint State coins of this date, and is further enhanced by rich iridescent russet-golden hues. In light of the great rarity of top quality specimens from...  more
1331 1897'O' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $4,250.00
1897'O' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated and enjoying extraordinary visual appeal. In fact, this...
- and enjoying extraordinary visual appeal. In fact, this specimen certainly rivals the immediately preceding coin in many respects. The strike is just a trifle weaker at the juncture of the shield and eagle's right wing on the reverse, however the surfaces are essentially free of any contact marks. There is a gentle blend of lilac and golden toning that lovingly caresses both the obverse and...  more
1332 1897'S' Brilliant Uncirculated BU $1,200.00
1897'S' Brilliant Uncirculated and exhibiting signs of an ever so gentle ancient cleaning. The strike...
- and exhibiting signs of an ever so gentle ancient cleaning. The strike and surface quality are otherwise clearly finer than normally encountered, and are highlighted by a blend of pale olive and golden iridescence. Quite scarce regardless of its shortcomings.
1333 1897'S' Brilliant Uncirculated BU $1,600.00
1897'S' Brilliant Uncirculated and displaying a most uncommon degree of prooflike reflectivity in...
- and displaying a most uncommon degree of prooflike reflectivity in the fields on either side. The strike is chisel-sharp and is augmented by a delicate wisp of golden toning. This date is very elusive in full Mint State, and is even more troublesome to acquire with lustre such as that offered here.
1334 1898 Choice Brilliant Proof CH BR PF $900.00
1898 Choice Brilliant Proof or very nearly so. Needle-sharp design features accompany fully vibrant,...
- or very nearly so. Needle-sharp design features accompany fully vibrant, glassy-mirrored fields. Hairlines and other very minor imperfections are visible upon examining this coin at the proper angle, however the overall visual impact of this specimen remains intact. One of 735 Proofs minted of this date.
1335 1898'O' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $2,500.00
1898'O' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated with claims to the Gem category. This impressive coin certainly...
- with claims to the Gem category. This impressive coin certainly eclipses the overwhelming majority of this date in every imaginable way. The strike is very assertive although it is not entirely sharp at every location. The fields of this deep champagne-lavender and iridescent golden example, furthermore, are very noticeably mirrored thereby leading us to raise the possibility that this majestic coin...  more
1336 1898'S' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $2,500.00
1898'S' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated and a particularly impressive example of this date. In...
- and a particularly impressive example of this date. In fact, the initial presentation of this compelling coin is that of an especially smooth, remarkably unencumbered Gem. One must look long and hard to discover some highly deceptive, ever so trivial obverse lines beneath lovely shades of lavender-rose and jade-gold iridescence. Were it not for these lines, one could argue that this rare,...  more
1337 1899 Very Choice Brilliant Proof VERY CH BR PF $1,750.00
1899 Very Choice Brilliant Proof and enjoying a sharpness of strike that is as satisfying as any bidder...
- and enjoying a sharpness of strike that is as satisfying as any bidder could ever hope to attain. Glittering, glass-like fields complement cameo design features. Only a limited number of very minor hairlines are discernible under close scrutiny. Of the 846 Proofs coined of this date, most are clearly inferior to the specimen offered here.
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